Racism is our responsibility!

2016-01-06 14:38

The silence from the majority of the white race in this nation we call South Africa speaks volumes. The latest occurrence was on facebook; when a middle aged white woman called Penny Sparrow (she has become a celeb over night) posted a derogatory post; likening black people to monkeys (that’s me putting it lightly).

My only issue and the reason for this writeup is that I feel as individuals of this country, we all have a role to play in creating the late Tata Madiba’s Rainbow Nation. It is not the responsibility of the government or HRC to do that.

There will always be Penny Sparrow comments coming from all races (black, white, Indian, coloured) – how we react to those comments will determine how far we go as a country.

There are many inequalities in this country; black people still feel inferior in the land of their forefathers; white supremacy still exist; and when black people highlight this please note:  it is not a cry for white money and a feeling of entitlement. I know plenty black and white professionals who agree with me on this.

My personal antidote would be to introduce racial debate in our schools and our work areas. Without sounding racist though....I do feel majority of the white race has been oblivious for way too long on racial issues - it’s as if it’s not their responsibility to sort it out…’the blacks must find healing’ – they seem to say in their silence.

Racism in not a one race sickness, it effects all races. Hence my solution of having open debates in schools and work spaces.

I once worked in an environment where as employees we were given the liberty to express ourselves on racial issues and our thoughts on different races… After my five years working there I didn’t view John at IT as this white privileged guy who actually doesn’t need to be working or who is working just to kill time (my twisted views of white people). John had money issues, John had faced loss, he faced disappointment and he had family problems. Guess what? John was human just like me.

My mom, always say: ' Treating each other like humans and with love is the only medicine to cure racism'. When it’s all said and done we all bleed the same blood, we all cry the same tears and we all going to die one day.

Showing compassion for one another or Ubuntu is what we need to revive from all races in our incredible country. ‘I am because we are’, is not a black thing, it’s a South African notion to live by. Let’s LOVE one another my brothers and sisters; let’s communicate our thoughts on racism with love and understanding.

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